>Europe, Day 1 (Paris and Brussels)Posted: June 28, 2009
After departing Pittsburgh around 6:15 PM last night, the group landed in Paris around 8:00 AM. This new nonstop flight is very convenient and highly recommended. Following adventures with immigration, baggage collection, and customs, we headed to Paris Gare du Nord (the north train station) to stow our luggage. After a few challenges with the storage lockers, we were set to see Paris!
Upon arrival at the Royal Windsor Hotel in Brussels, we checked in, marveled at the view from our hotel windows (well…some of us did, in any case), and traveled down the street to the Grand Place. After having dinner at a lovely outdoor cafe — mussels were big hit with our group this evening — we did a bit more sightseeing in the neighborhood and headed back to our rooms for an “early” bedtime. Though — it’s 10:30 PM, and still light outside! Very strange for bedtime, don’t you think??
More updates later. Ciao!